FIFA head, joining US push, wants more Palestinian soccer fields

The head of FIFA promises to build more soccer fields in the West Bank and Gaza as he joined a US-led economic workshop in Bahrain on drawing investment.

Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer’s governing body, takes part in the Peace to Prosperity conference led by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner despite a boycott by the Palestinian Authority which fears a bid to impose a political solution through money.

“Let’s give, to be very concrete as well, some hope, some dreams,” Infantino says.

Joining a panel led by Thomas Barrack, an Arab-American real estate investor and vocal backer of Trump, Infantino says the Palestinian territories had fewer than 25 proper soccer pitches for a population of five million people.

“We will do our part at FIFA,” he said.

“Let’s do something tangible and concrete that people can see, and when kids play football [soccer], first they smile and, secondly, they don’t do other things.”


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